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*Monsters Party All Night Long* by Adam J.B. Lane

Monsters Party All Night Long
by Adam J.B. Lane
ages 4-8 36 pages Chronicle Books August 2004 Hardcover    

Halloween is right around the corner, and you are invited to a party at Count Drac’s cool crib in the hilarious and hip Monsters Party All Night Long, a clever and imaginative book by author-artist Adam J.B. Lane. Of all the children’s books I’ve reviewed over the years, this is one of the few that sticks in my head, no matter what time of year it is.

Lane is a master at silly text with a rhythmic, sing-song feel, and his wild and ghoulish 3-D claymation-style illustrations will have you and your child rolling over with the goofy giggles. The story centers on a monster bash being thrown by Count Drac in order for the lone vampire to make some friends. You see, he gets so lonely up in his big castle. So he’s invited everyone he can think of, including you, to his hip-hoppin’ pad for some fun games and some great treats.

There is dancing under a disco ball, a famous All-Fish Band led by the Creature from the Bleak Lagoon, a zombie fashion show, and some yummy “horror d’oeuvres” like Snot Dogs and Toe Jam on Toast served up by the gourmet Chef Boneapart.

Monsters Party All Night Long is just plain fun and frolicking, and is sure to be a hit all year round with kids of all ages who love crazy creatures and a monstrously good read. And I dare ANYONE to try and read this book and not spend the rest of his or her life walking around singing “Shaking to that boogie song, Monsters party all night long.” Go ahead, I dare you.

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